Lars Hanson was the founder of Walnut Grove, the first person people ask when they need a job or to sell their farms. He was also a town elder.He was a good friend of Charles, Dr Baker, Rev Alden, and Nels. When the Ingalls, Garveys, and Olesons return to Walnut Grove they find a ghost town. Lars is ill and tells Charles the town can't be saved. But with everyone's help it's returned it to its former glory. Lars died months later happy. Played by Karl Swenson (23 Jul 1908 – 08 Oct 1978) Little Houses, Prairie
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Plum Creek is originally where the Ingalls family resided. This was were Grace was born. Their farm and barn were also located there. A small creek, or stream rather was not far away from the house and barn, they bought the property from Lars Hanson. Years later, the Carter family: John and Sarah and their two sons Jeb and Jason moved into the little house.
Oleson's Mercantile was the store owned and operated by Harriet and Nels Oleson. An upstairs and side house was attached to the building that they lived in with their children Nellie and Willie; and later with adopted daughter Nancy. The mercantile was the only general merchandise store in Walnut Grove. Inventory included everything from fabrics and lanterns to children's toys and candy
Walnut Grove Church and School is one of the central locations in Walnut Grove. The school was originally taught by Eva Beadle, followed by Eliza Jane Wilder than Laura Ingalls Wilder, and finally Miss Eva Plum was the last to teach at the school. Alice Garvey and Caroline Ingalls also taught. Throughout the series, church services were taught by Robert Alden. In 1901 when the townspeople of Walnut Grove blew up the town the church was one of the very few buildings which they did not destroy.